Iggy Azalea is hitting back at her online haters and arch enemy, Azealia Banks, in a new interview. The “Team” rapper has recently opened up about her upcoming music, and claimed that it’s not inspired by her online battles.
Iggy Azalea is gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, Digital Distortion. She revealed that she originally recorded 20 songs, but later scrapped them because she believed the tracks “didn’t really have a direction, there was nothing fresh about them.” Azalea decided to go back to her roots and collaborate with D.R.U.G.S., the same production team who worked on her mixtape. She says that this album will be the darker side of her debut LP, The New Classic.
“It’s harder than my debut – more aggressive. It’s a little bit darker and moodier and there’s a bit more of a throwback to some of my older mixtape sounds. But it’s got electronic influences used in a rap way. My version of rap is always always controversial.”
What’s also controversial about Iggy Azalea is her Twitter beef with Azealia Banks. Iggy explained the meaning behind the name of her new album. She may have also dissed Azealia in the meantime.
“This album isn’t about Twitter battles. It’s about the way other people can distort your character and having the power through technology to do that.”
In case you didn’t know, Azealia Banks has been making headlines for her racist, homophobic, and misogynistic tweets. She was also involved in a heavy feud with singer Zayn Malik and Disney star Skai Jackson. Banks has since apologized to “everyone except the targets of my tirades,” but it was too late since her Twitter account has been suspended, according to XXL.
Banks has been making news more for her controversial tweets rather than her rapping career. Back in March, she quit Twitter, but returned after a short absence from the social media site.
It’s not clear why Banks was suspended from the social media site. According to Twitter, accounts often get suspended for “abusive tweets or behavior.”
According to the Twitter website, “We may suspend an account if it has been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse. When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently.”
But for other rappers like Iggy Azalea, it is possible to still be famous without beefing with your online haters? In an interview with The Review Journal, Azalea admitted that it’s often difficult for her to avoid her online haters and trolls. Instead, she focuses on her fan or her “team,” sort of speak.
“No, I don’t think it’s possible to totally avoid (haters) the way you could before. I guess it’s the double-edge sword that comes with having the ability to talk with (fans) that do really love you.”
This time around, Iggy is making headlines for her new beef with a Grammy-winning producer. Jon Traxx is suing Iggy for $1.5 million, according to TMZ. He’s claiming that the pop star took advantage of him in order to get into the hip-hop genre and never paid him back after she achieved success with her smash hit “Fancy.”
Traxx says he landed a recording with Azalea back in 2009. Then he helped get her career off the ground by helping her network, land shows, and hire a stylist. When Azalea signed onto Def Jam Records in 2013, the two ended their work relationship, but their contract stated that the producer would continue to receive compensation. He claims that she hasn’t paid him and that he plans on taking her to court.
Additionally, the release date for Digital Distortion has been delayed. It was expected to drop on June 10, but Iggy confirmed on Twitter that the information on the Def Jam publicity site is incorrect. While Iggy’s music career is on hold, she’s been making headlines for Nick Young’s cheating allegations, her “Becky” comments, and her ongoing Azealia Banks beef.
@personaItime no that’s false info
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) May 2, 2016
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